Sepsis or Septic Shock

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Sepsis is commonly viewed as a three-stage condition starting with the initial sepsis, which then progresses into severe sepsis and septic shock, if not treated properly and promptly. Early detection and treatment of sepsis is crucial, as the permanent injury and mortality rates become higher the longer the condition is allowed to progress. If you or your loved one was adversely affected by sepsis/sepsis shock, we invite you to contact our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers to discover if you might have a claim.

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Diagnosing Sepsis: Symptoms

The most common side effects of sepsis are:

  • Fever (usually above 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Abnormally low body temperature (usually below 96.8 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Heart racing (about 90 beats/minute or faster)
  • Rapid and/or shallow breaths (20 breaths/minute or more)
  • Infection

Identifying the symptoms of sepsis and confirming a diagnosis early on is crucial for patient outcomes. Sometimes, sepsis or septic shock is misdiagnosed as a similar condition, such as:

  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Staph Infection
  • Hypotension
  • Cystitis, and more

Sepsis in Nursing Homes

Sepsis can be common among patients in nursing homes in cases of neglect and mistreatment. There are many potential causes of sepsis among the elderly in nursing homes or nursing care facilities, but in some cases, it can be linked to infections such as pneumonia and kidney infections that go untreated. Due to their weakened immune system, the elderly are more prone to developing sepsis and suffering severe consequences, even death, as a result.

Contacting a Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer

The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. are standing by ready to evaluate your potential medical negligence claim free of charge. Tell us about sepsis / septic shock as it relates to your experience, and we can inform you of your legal rights and options. Individuals who retain our law firm pay nothing unless we secure a financial recovery for them. With nothing to lose, we invite you to contact Power Rogers & Smith for a free consultation today.